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Application Requirements

Undergraduate Portfolio

In addition to your application to NYU, you should submit a two-part portfolio directly to the Department of Cinema Studies.

Part One - A five to ten page essay on a film, director, or any other film-related topic that you choose.

Part Two - A one-page statement that answers the following questions:

  • Have you taken any cinema-related classes?
  • What areas of cinema studies most interest you (film genres, directors, theory, etc.)? 
  • What are your career aspirations (film journalism/criticism, film curating, filmmaking, etc.)?

Upload your portfolio by the applcation deadline.

Graduate Portfolio

When you apply to the M.A., MIAP, and Ph.D. programs at Tisch, you will be asked to include the following materials in your online application:

1. C.V.

Your professional c.v. listing academic background, work experience, honors, affiliations with professional organizations, papers presented at conferences, published work, language ability, etc.

2. Statement

A two to three page statement of purpose outlining your academic and professional background, goals, and what you hope to gain from the program to which you are applying.

MIAP applicants should also demonstrate an interest in the history and preservation of the moving image in their personal statement.

3. Writing Sample

A fifteen to twenty page writing sample that reflects your ability to carry out sustained critical, theoretical, and/or historical thinking on film, television, video, and/or new media.  In the absence of a moving-image-related topic, a piece of writing on a subject in the arts or humanities is acceptable.

Contact two recommenders and ask that they submit a letter on your behalf through the online system. Gather all academic transcripts and upload copies to the online application.

Please note that the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is only required for applicants to the Ph.D. program in the Department of Cinema Studies.